PFC ARA T. DEYSIE
Hometown / City: PARKER, AZ LA PAZ
Date of Death: Friday, May 9, 2008
Conflict: Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)
Branch: U.S. Army
Unit: TROOP C, 1ST SQUADRON, 61ST CAVALRY, 4 BCT, FORT CAMPBELL, KY
Birth: Dec. 13, 1989
Death: May 9, 2008
Private First Class Deysie, of Parker, Arizona, and a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribe. Known by his middle name Tyler, he was a born peace keeper, his grandfather and his father were both CRIT police officers. Determined from an early age to join the military, who at times was a prankster and handful to his family, Tyler attended the Ombudsman school in Parker, the alternative high school, and later was enrolled in the Arizona Project Challenge program, in Queen Creek, Arizona. Project Challenge provides a military-style environment and gives teens, ages 16 to 18, education, job skills and a responsible outlook on life. He entered the Army in February 2007 and arrived at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in December 2007, and was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Ara died in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit came under rocket-propelled grenade fire. On his myspace page, he posted about his life "It was like watching a dream but before I knew it the dream was over." Deysie's awards and decorations include: National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon, Weapons Qualification, M4, expert and posthumous awards of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He is survived by his mother; Lori Deysie, of Parker; four sisters: Sidnee, Erisa, Erica, and Erina; and several nephews and nieces. Tyler's father, Eric, was killed in an accident in 2004.
The Funeral Services for Ara were on Sunday May 18, 2008 at 4 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1460 S Reata Ave. Parker, AZ 85344. After the services a procession went through the Town of Parker to the CRIT Cemetery and Cryhouse. Traditional Native American customs were followed and services at the Cry House lasted all night with full military honors at 8am Monday, May 19, 2008 on the grounds of the CRIT Cemetery.
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